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IAgrM puts Northern Ireland’s Future Agricultural Policy and Practices in the spotlight

Date Published: 30/09/2021

Future agricultural policy and practices in Northern Ireland will be the topic for discussion during an online event featuring top-level speakers and experts on the 20th of October 2021.

Organised by the Northern Ireland branch of the Institute of Agricultural Management, Dr Rosemary Agnew, Food and Farming Group, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), will explain the Department’s future framework of agricultural policy.

Dr John Gilliland OBE, Director of Global Agriculture & Sustainability at Devenish Nutrition, will then outline some of his work in implementing environmental solutions within the agri-food sector.

Rosemary and John will also join a panel discussion, along with Victor Chestnutt, President of the Ulster Farmers Union and Northern Ireland beef and sheep farmer John Egerton, to consider the implications of the future agricultural policy and how the industry can tackle environmental challenges.

Introducing the event and chairing the panel discussion will be well-known journalist and commentator Richard Wright, who has followed NI and European agri-politics for more than 35 years, much of it as agricultural correspondent at BBC Northern Ireland. He is excited to be chairing the event and exploring a topic that is of such importance to Northern Ireland’s farming industry:

“Participants will have a rare opportunity to hear from and question key people who are helping to shape Northern Ireland’s future agricultural policy.”

Agriculture Minister, Edwin Poots MLA recently stated on publication of the Future Agricultural Policy Framework:

“Business as usual for many farms will not be an option. The future is about delivering both food and environmental outcomes in a sustainable way. Our farmers are up for the challenge and, indeed, many have already invested in green technology and embraced environmentally-friendly farming practices”. 

This event will be of interest to anyone seeking insight to future agricultural policies and practices, and how it might affect farmers on the ground.

The event takes place on Wednesday the 20th of October 2021 between 3pm and 4.30pm. It is free to Institute of Agricultural Management members and £12 for guests. Contact enquiries@iagrm.com or call 01275 843825 for more details.